Ao Haru Ride

Blue Spring Ride

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English: Blue Spring Ride
Synonyms: Aoharaido
Japanese: アオハライド


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 8, 2014 to Sep 23, 2014
Premiered: Summer 2014
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Production I.G
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, SchoolSchool, ShoujoShoujo, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.691 (scored by 281839281,839 users)
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Ranked: #10562
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Popularity: #186
Members: 526,157
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Oct 7, 2014
animesthabomb (All reviews)
“Sometimes people put up walls, not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”

It’s nice to see a series like ‘Ao Haru Ride’ surface every now and again. Something that takes a well-known storyline type and adds some unique elements to differ the experience a bit. Nothing revolutionary or mind-blowing (doesn’t need to be), but unique - to a pleasant degree - nonetheless. To put it as simply as possible: a refreshing visit to a familiar kind of storyline.

There’s nothing overly complicated about the core plot; a story of two past lovers (in mutual spirit) reuniting later in read more
Sep 23, 2014
Manumento (All reviews)
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Ao Haru Ride is a shoujo romance slice of life manga adaptation of the same name. It follows a story of a curious high-schooler girl wishing to find out what happened to her crush from three years ago and why did he change. It has "generic" and Kimi ni Todoke written all over it just from looking at the cover, and going deeper, it further proves this statement.


Futaba Yoshioka is your average 1st year in high school, who wishes to change herself and find new friends. read more
Sep 22, 2014
Stark700 (All reviews)
Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) in the best sense can describe itself as a shoujo. The concept of a childhood girl developing a crush towards a boy is something that has been done over and over before. It also has a sense of innocence as the young Futaba Yoshioka sees boys as ‘violent’. The only exception is a boy named Kou Tanaka who she sees as gentle. The problem is that a simple misunderstanding leads to a separation between the two as Tanaka transfer from school. Simply put, the experiences that Futaba shared with Tanaka is a treasure. But that treasure right now is read more
Dec 19, 2014
floecity (All reviews)
"If you lose something, just build it again." - direct quote from the main character Futaba.

First off let me just say that the fact that I've read the manga already mildly hinders my ability to separate manga from anime...

The story is pretty well done. Of course it has ALL of the shoujo clique's that many shoujo fans will run into.
There's something about the story though that makes it a little more unique than your typical shoujo anime.
I did not really sense any corny-ness with the more serious moments in the anime as I would typical feel in a shoujo.
What I'm trying to say it that, read more
Sep 23, 2014
Urnaos (All reviews)
I have not read the source material for the show and the following review is for the anime adaption only, the manga, LN or other source material is not included in my review of this anime.

Ao Haru Ride is a character driven romance between the two main characters Kou and Futaba. The show kicks off when Futaba recognizes Kou at her high school and goes on from there.


I pretty much already went over the basic premise but, it's also important to know that Kou and Futaba knew each other in middle school. The premise itself is kind of generic which isn't entirely bad. I liked read more
Oct 23, 2014
Irien (All reviews)
Beware: minor spoilers

I hate to go against the grain of other reviews here, but holy ever-loving HELL, this series irks me. I've come too far not to see it through to the bitter (and obvious) end, but so far it's essentially a compliation of every dysfunctional anime relationship meme known to man piled into one stomach-churning series.

Emotionally undemonstrative / outright dismissive guy? Check.

Desperately doki-doki girl whose insistent, stalker-y love will no doubt cure him of whatever traumatic past event turned him into an asshole? Check.

Silently walking three steps behind the man portrayed as quality relationship building? read more
Oct 25, 2014
layzzbones (All reviews)
Ao Haru Ride, unlike other shoujo anime with a profusion of side stories, has a very straightforward storyline (although not much of an original one considering that most of its elements are parallel to others with the same setting and genre). What makes it unique, however, is that the conflict is softly given focus throughout the series, causing viewers to feel unanticipated emotions in the culmination of the story wherein the characters reveal their hidden sides (weaknesses and strengths included) and emotional baggage.

I highly recommend this anime to individuals who are looking for a warm and charming anime that will enkindle thrill, sorrow and read more
Feb 23, 2015
Urbanophiler (All reviews)
**I have only seen the anime of Ao Haru Ride and this review is only based on that.

So as a person who rarely watches Shoujo anime this was a first for me, so keep that in mind.

Ao Haru Ride/Blue Spring Ride/アオハライド ; 12 episode a 20minutes, aired from July to September 2014; Comedy, Drama, SoL, Romance, Shoujo, School; licensed by Sentai Filmworks

Ao Haru Ride starts with a premise that seems typical for this type of anime - a slice of life show that wants to show the development of a romance and of the characters. The story is set in high school and focuses read more
Oct 13, 2014
czxcjx (All reviews)
My review is only 2 words:

Shoujo Oregairu

But MAL isn't letting me make such a short review so the rest is padding and a general view of the usage of cinematography in Anime.

What primarily makes animation different from film is the complete creative control over the medium. This means that what previously had to be sought out in small spaces of reality, the perfect shot, the perfect actions, the perfect outplay of emotions, can now be rectified to the minute-test detail. Tarkovsky, the famous Russian film director, had to reconstruct his family home from scratch in the middle of a beautiful plot of Russian field and read more
Oct 24, 2014
Zryn (All reviews)
This is my first review on MAL so excuse me if it's sorta bad d:

I'll be quite honest, I'm usually only really big on anime with magic, action, with comedy and possibly some romance all thrown in. This anime appears to just basically be your usual school/romance anime, but it's so much more than that. I can say for sure that Ao Haru Ride has become my favorite romance anime (not including comedy/romance) there was comedy thrown in but i look at this as a romance, not a comedy.

The story is very basic and isn't totally outstanding but it's the characters themselves that got read more
Nov 29, 2015
Surana (All reviews)
It absolutely befuddles me how this anime managed to get a rating of almost 8. I had heard it was clichéd, but that it managed to have a fresh approach on those clichés. I heard it was both funny and emotional. Nope. Not at all. This anime is the same old clichés used over and over again. I find it almost insulting that multiple users recommended this for fans of "Tonari-no Kaibutsu-kun", a beautifully done anime which has essentially nothing in common with this anime, and has characters a million times better than those in "Ao Haru Ride".

This is one of those anime where the read more
Dec 24, 2014
maha_amead (All reviews)
** i haven't read or seen anything related to ao haru ride except for this anime adaption so my review will be based on the anime ***

--- Summary ---
Reuniting with your first love can be a very confusing process , in this series we see our love birds meeting each-other for the first time in three years ,

futaba " our heroine " was a very shy feminine middle-schooler , that fell in love with another shy sweet middle-schooler named tanaka , on their first date we see a mini depressed futaba that is anxiously waiting for her date , but unfortunately mr.tanka read more
Oct 1, 2014
deviruchi0996 (All reviews)
A white shirt. That's what Ao Haru Ride reminds me of.

As more and more shoujo, school-life animes with all the romance and complications that come with it are released; people are starting to see the typical pattern of the girl meets boy or vice versa. Ao Haru Ride follows this pattern which is present in most popular shoujo/school/romance animes; however this does not mean it isn’t worth your time.

I gave the story a 7 (Good), for the sole reason of the anime exploring the changes that occurs in one’s life when they push themselves out of their comfort zones. The anime encourages young individuals to read more
Jul 14, 2015
purpleninja0006 (All reviews)
After a long time debating whether or not I should watch this short anime I decided to give it a shot

Story 8/10
It starts off sweet, 2 people who loved each other in middle school finally reunited, but the problem is that they have both changed and don’t love each other the way they are now. There’s plenty of things to keep you interested in this anime especially if you like romance, comedy and school based anime’s. The plot may seem to drag on a little at times but isn’t too bad once you get into it. One thing that I hated about the plot was read more
Jun 10, 2015
SailorJenny95 (All reviews)
Plot: 7/10
Summary: Ao Haru Ride takes place in your typical Japanese high school like many other animes of its genre. Overall it centers over main character Futaba who is in her second year of high school. It begins with immediate flashbacks to middle school where she meets the sweet Kou Tanaka. The two begin to get close making it obvious that a romantic relationship could start. But because of her classmates' rude comments regarding how appealing Futaba is to guys, she begins to feel insecure. They say that because she is so appealing to the boys in school, girls don't want to be her read more
Oct 2, 2019
LacrimaMosa666 (All reviews)
What an piece of art. And I mean that.

Overall it's nothing original here, but enjoyment and honesty of the creators is stunning. We'll know that lovely art quality is nothing but regular basis from the Production I.G Studio. Am I wrong?

On the very beginning I was hoping that this beautiful 'paited' animation will last for the whole series. But I do actually expected that it'll finish sooner or later. But quality of the further animations was nothing but bloody perfect. Beautifully crafted with some of 'painted' animations for some of retrospections (some because mostly there is only 'painted' effect on top of the regular read more
Nov 28, 2015
Kecchan (All reviews)
It's rare that I write a good review, but Ao Hara Ride deserves it.
Ao Haru Ride is a breath of fresh air in the cliche-ridden Shoujo genre, where i seems like half of shoujo anime are carbon copies of one another.
Ao Haru Ride offers something new, interesting, and touching, with relatable but unique characters, great development, an interesting plot and beautiful, unique art and music that tugs at your heart.

The main heroine is the usual happy, cheerful type, but she has extra layers that make her complex, interesting, and unique Futaba changed her appearance and attitude in order to fit in with her group read more
Sep 22, 2014
SubZer0o (All reviews)
*Contains spoilers*

Before you watch an anime, you occasionally check the tags it has got, so you know what to expect from it right? Well, you're wrong with this one.

Ao Haru Ride is supposed to be a romance anime, since the plot is mainly about two protagonists, who go through an inner development and come to the conclusion that they have feelings for another. Pretty basic romance plot.

Ao Haru Ride's plot is nothing outstanding, but it still manages to fascinate you at the beginning.

This anime, does a good job in showing how these characters grow throughout time, but completely ignores the fact, that the characters are read more
Oct 17, 2014
Catsrcutest (All reviews)
Love is a lot of things. Especially for young people. Sometimes, love can make you a better person. Sometimes, being loved can make you evolve. Love changes people, for the better or the worse. Such is the simple premise of Ao Haru Ride (AHR).

The story of AHR is a classic one. Yoshioka Futaba, a normal high school girl, meets her long lost middle school crush, Kou. Neither of the two have feelings for each other any longer, but upon meeting him again, Futaba falls in love. The story is as simple as that, Futaba denying her love, yet chasing Kou all the same. read more
Oct 23, 2014
AbsarNaeem (All reviews)
12 Episodes.
First of all, if you're a fan of some warm, fuzzy, mild romance anime in which everything turns out for the better, you should probably watch this.

This is a really good romance anime which depicts the romance between the characters throughout the whole series. I enjoyed watching it from the start to the end.

Yes, as in all romance, there is competition and some feels too. But overall, it's very enjoyable. And it's got a complete ending unlike most romance anime I've seen.
The start of the anime is really nice and gets better as the series progresses. And the ending is something that depends on read more